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Virtual Schools: Online and Blended Learning. Susan Patrick President and CEO International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Summary of key online learning activity. Defining Dimensions of Online Programs. Promising Practices: Case Studies. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Susan PatrickPresident and CEOInternational Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)Virtual Schools: Online and Blended Learning

  • Summary of key online learning activity

  • Defining Dimensions of Online Programs

  • Promising Practices: Case StudiesCommonwealth Connections Academy, PACincinnati Public Schools VHS, OHOdyssey Charter Schools, Las Vegas, NVChicago Virtual Charter School, ILHoosier Academy, INKentucky Virtual SchoolVOISE Academy, Chicago, ILVirtual Opportunities in a School EnvironmentCommunity High School, Ann Arbor, MIOmaha Public Schools, NE

  • Trends in K-12 Education: Next Generation Models ofOnline and BlendedLearningHybrid/BlendedPrograms

    BlendedCoursesOnline course and/orOnline contentOnline instructionLMS/TechnologyBuffet: F2F & Online CoursesEmporium: F2F place with blended/hybrid approaches to learning

  • Online and Blended Course DefinitionsAllen & Seaman, 2007

  • Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Facethe Best of Both WorldsBlended learning should be approached as not only a temporal construct, but rather as a fundamental redesign of the instructional model with the following characteristics:-A shift from lecture- to student-centered instruction where students become interactive learners (this shift should apply to entire course, including face-to-face sessions);-Increases in interaction between student-instructor, student-student, student-content, and student-outside resources; and-Integrated formative and summative assessment mechanisms for student and instructor. - Educause, Blended Learning (2004)

  • Blended/Hybrid LearningCombining face-to-face with fully online components optimizes both environments in ways impossible in other formats -Educause Research Bulletin, 2004Digital content/curriculum, LMS, online assessments, data system, AI, simulationsShift in instructional model and PD/training

    Self-direction, high engagement, (Less direct student support needed)Struggling student, low-engagement, (More direct student support needed)

  • Online Learning Research HighlightsU.S. Department of Education study of Online Learning, Evaluation of Evidence-based Practice in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies (2009)Overall, the meta-analysis found that students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction. instruction combining online learning with face-to-face elements had a larger advantage . . .students the participated in online learning and who spent more time on task benefited the most.

  • Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-FaceThere is no single type of blended education; student-centered learningPolicies: competency-based, multiple pathwaysNew methods: content, assessment, collaborative development, PD, instruction/pedagogyNew Platforms: Web-based platform; LMSNew Solutions: Continuity of Learning H1N1

  • Using the Internet to deliver courses seems to contain great disruptive potential. It could allow a radical transformation to happen in an incremental, rational way. - Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School

  • Resources

    iNACOL Research Reports:At-Risk Students and Online LearningAccess and Equity in K-12 Online LearningProfessional Development for Virtual SchoolsiNACOL Promising Practices Series Blended LearningCredit Recovery and At-Risk StudentsManagement and Administration of Online ProgramsFunding and Legislative FrameworksIdentifying Needs of States for Online Courses and ServicesNeeds Assessments ServicesProfessional DevelopmentiNACOL conference: Virtual School SymposiumArizona, November 14-16, 2010Monthly Webinars and Teacher Talk webinarsNational Quality Standards for K-12 Online LearningiNACOL National Standards of Quality for Online CoursesiNACOL National Quality Standards for Online TeachingiNACOL National Quality Standards for Online Programs

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    Susan Patrick, CEO,

    *Susan lead*Susan lead*The future will be in moblie, online learning with more artificial intelligence and adaptive technologies, and blended approaches.

    *Blended takes advantage of the best of both worlds and can optimize both environments in ways impossible in other formats. Digital content, curriculum, LMS, online assessments, data system, AI, simulationsRequires a shift in instructional model and training

    Were working with the VOISE academy - high school in Chicago Public Schools, helping them develop the training to create a fundamentally different school model, use of time, resources, online courses and, changing the model in the classroom and using the same $$ - to build a truly replicable model.

    Need to push concepts of what schools of the future look like, what is possible, how differently they operate.